Written by Yolanda Van Der Kolk and T Rob Brown, Music and Lyrics by Tara and Yolanda Van Der Kolk.
Following two table reads, multiple story edits by Madonna McManus, participation in a NYC author’s reading group, and two rounds of script consultancy by Eric Webb of Davenport Theatricals (Producers of Kinky Boots, Spring Awakenings) the script is finally done.
The story is strong.
It is about a beautiful American songwriter in 1927 living in the Panama Canal Zone with dreams of stardom on this new thing called radio. She is forced to leave the protection of the Canal Zone when her poppa dies, leaving the family deeply in debt to an unscrupulous cabaret/brothel owner.
She must choose between going to New York with her Panamanian musician boyfriend and pursue her dream, or stay and save her younger sister from indentured service in the brothels of Casco Viejo
Hot Latin music and dance including The Charleston, The Lindy Hop and the Fox Trot and Bachata band on stage blend to create an explosion of sound and dance.
* Our Kickstarter campaign will launch January 3 – February 3, 2017.
* Our Kickstarter goal is to raise $20,000 to hire professional music director and musicians to finish the musical score.
* Our stretch goal is $140,000 to stage a showcase production in Toronto in the Spring of 2017.
* Our objective is to attract a commercial producer who will stage this show in Toronto, London and New York. BROADWAY or BUST!!!
In addition we will be producing an English-language version in Panama to appeal to the 750,000 English-speaking tourists that visit Panama every year. “Our show’s slogan is:
YOU HAVE NOT SEEN PANAMA UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN
PANAMÁ: THE MUSICAL!
Hopefully this show will become Panama’s mousetrap and run for many years.
Ten Per Cent (10%) of all net proceeds of this show will be donated to children’s charities in Panama, through the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado.
It is our hope that this show might help some children’s lives in Panama a little brighter and a little kinder.
We have already begun discussions with a leading director and producer of musicals in Panama about translating and presenting a Spanish-language version as well.
This would open up Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and of course Spain as potential markets for this show – plus 37% of American households claim that Spanish is spoken in the home, yet only 7% attend Broadway (source: Broadway World).
The success of shows like West Side Story and more recently In The Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda ( Hamilton) demonstrates that Spanish-language shows have tremendous potential in the international and US market.
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